Universal Studios Orlando has confirmed that its Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster will not open during this year's Halloween Horror Nights events.
There had been speculation that the new coaster, which opened in August, would open for the second half of the evening events (from mid-October onwards). Universal confirmed that this will not be the case, although the ride will open as usual during the daytime throughout October.
The Rockit is being closed during Halloween Horror Nights in order to allow Universal time to test additional trains. There are currently 4 trains in use on the ride at any one time, but Universal is hoping to increase this to 7. The Rockit was designed to carry large numbers of guests, with riders boarding from a moving walkway so that the trains would never come to a complete stop in the station. However, following the problems which delayed its opening and that have plagued it since, the ride is not yet running at full capacity.
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit stretches out beyond the walls of the Universal Studios park into Universal CityWalk. It features a 167-foot lift hill and top speeds of 65mph. Its most unique feature is the "double take" - a vertical loop in which the track twists so that the train is "right-side-up" at the top of the loop. Riders can select their own soundtrack for the ride from a selection of six genres.
You can find TPT's review of the Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit here.